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The Politics of Being Ugly Launching September 25

The Politics of Being UglyThe Politics of Being Ugly is gaining momentum in Toronto. Kayla Altman’s first book will be launching at the highly-anticipated combination launch and collective art show taking place September 25th, 2014, 6pm to 9pm. The launch/ show of “The Politics of Being Ugly” will focus on handmade, theme driven work that looks at the uncomfortable, the hilarious and the magic that is human imperfection.

Altman talks about the upcoming launch in her latest interview with Marisol D’Andrea on the blog Art Talk in the City. “Co-organizing the book launch and artists exhibition with the ladies of Woman King Collective really brought back a love of curating,” Altman tells D’Andrea, “something I haven’t had a chance to do as much of since my undergrad.”

Kayla Altman completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, as well as a minor in English at OCAD University. It was with the professors she met there that she eventually began work on The Politics of Being Ugly. “After I finished my BFA I really missed the structure and the critique that a classroom provided,” she tells Art Talk, “and I got in touch with Catherine Black to ask if she had any advice for me. As it turned out, this initial email turned into ongoing meetings with Catherine over the next several months, editing and guiding what I was shocked to watch become a manuscript under her mentorship.”

Featuring a band of sweetly pathetic characters, Kayla Altman’s collection of modern fables will take you from a bellybutton rebellion to romance on Pluto. With simultaneously grotesque and loveable losers, these tales will take you through the mythical and the everyday to a place of harsh, hilarious and uncanny reality.

To read the full interview, you can go to the Art Talk in the City website at:

To learn more about the upcoming launch, you can visit the event page at:

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